As a dental practitioner, this course will give you the knowledge and skills necessary to use intravenous and inhalational sedation techniques on a wide range of anxious patients, including adults and children. We welcome students from all over the UK and Ireland.
The Conscious Sedation in Dentistry PGDip aims to provide you with:
- a systematic understanding of the theoretical principles that underpin conscious sedation and anxiety management in dentistry
- a comprehensive practical understanding of clinical skills in techniques of intravenous and inhalational sedation, as applicable to UK practice in dentistry
- an ability to critically evaluate the evidence-base and clinical issues involved in the safe independent practice of conscious sedation to the highest standard
You will undertake substantive self-directed study, including:
- two written assignments of 2,000 words each
- an oral presentation
- a 6,000 word clinical case dissertation
The Diploma is awarded after satisfactory completion of a final examination at the end of the course.
Although based at Newcastle University, teaching is provided in academic and clinical facilities throughout the northern region (Newcastle, Sunderland and Darlington).
This one year part time course consists of 10 didactic days of lectures and seminars, plus 14 half days of hands-on clinical training in sedation techniques. Didactic and clinical teaching is spaced evenly over a full academic year.
Clinical sessions are held in the Sedation Department at Newcastle Dental Hospital and in the Newcastle Community Service, which are fully equipped for all aspects of intravenous and inhalational sedation.
The School of Dental Sciences at Newcastle is one of the most modern and best equipped in the country, occupying a spacious, purpose-built facility. The School is in the same building as the Dental Hospital, adjacent to the Medical School and Royal Victoria Infirmary teaching hospital, forming one of the largest integrated teaching and hospital complexes in the country.
Our facilities include:
- a cone beam CT scanner and implant planning software, used extensively for patients treated on our implant programmes
- in-house production laboratories providing excellent learning opportunities around clinician-technician communication
- excellent library and computing facilities on-site.
- research laboratories in Oral Biology, Anthropology and Dental Materials Science
- a dedicated clinical research facility offering clinical training and research opportunities of the highest international standard
Find out about our dental laboratory facilities and Dental Clinical Research Facility on the Centre for Oral Health Research website.
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The curriculum consists of 12 sections, each having specific aims and objectives. These are taught in lectures, seminars, clinical instruction and a with self-directed learning.
- Section 1 - Basis sciences and pharmacology
- Section 2 - Anxiety and pain
- Sections 3/4 - Intravenous sedation
- Sections 5/6 - Inhalational sedation
- Sections 7/8 - Sedation patient care
- Section 9 - Medical emergencies
- Sections 10-12 - Clinical case presentation
Knowledge and skills outcomes
The aim is to expose students to the principles and practicalities of undertaking a clinical audit project.
This is on a topic relating to anxiety or pain control in dentistry. It culminates in the production of a 6,000 word dissertation.
The Diploma is awarded after satisfactory completion of a two-part assessment as follows:-
- Part I (in-course assessment) consists of:
- three written assignments of 2.000 words each
- two multiple choice question papers
- one oral presentation.
Students also have to undertake clinical assessment consisting of 14 clinical sessions. They submit a reflective portfolio of clinical practice and two structured clinical operative tests.
The in-course assessment is spaced evenly throughout the 12-month period. Students must pass the Part I assessment to be eligible to sit Part II.
- Part II (final examination) consists of one written and three viva voce components. Each section of the final examination carries an equal weighting of marks. Students have to pass every section to pass the final examination.
Fees & Funding
The fees displayed here are per course.
Part time: £6,000
Part time: £6,000
Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.
EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.
There is a limited number of places on this course. You must have completed a primary dental qualification at least one year before the start of the course. This needs to be recognised by the (UK) General Dental Council.
You must also hold full registration with the (UK) General Dental Council by the closing date of the course.
International students must follow a full time degree course to receive a student visa. If you have a working visa you may be eligible for part time study on this course.
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
Before you apply you should contact the Programme Co-ordinator for further information.
You must hold full registration with the (UK) General Dental Council by the closing date of the course.
Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. Please also upload the following mandatory documents with your online application:
- copy of Bachelor of Dental Surgery Certificate
- copy of Professional Indemnity Certificate
- copy of UK General Dental Council Registration Certificate
- current CV
The online application plus the above documents must be received by the closing date. Incomplete applications or applications with any of the above documents missing will not be
Applications for April and October 2018 entry closed on 13 December 2017.
There are two possible start dates:
- April 2019
- October 2019
The application deadline for both start dates is 14 December 2018.
Applications will considered by a selection panel and will be evaluated against the following criteria:
- the content and quality of the application and the personal statement
- the reasons for applying to the course
- experience of sedation
- the impact of undertaking the course on personal development and clinical service
We aim to provide a decision on your application in early 2019.
You will need to pay a £600* within four weeks of the date of the offer letter. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.
*Deposit information for 2019 entry is to be confirmed.